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Ice Axes For Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation

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Endlessly cunning, elusive, and playful--the Bible consistently unsettles even as it assures. Walter Brueggemann reveals exactly how Scripture exposes the inadequacy of the assumptions and habits that shape our lives. He finds inside Israel's ancient poetry, prophecy, narrative, and legal...


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Endlessly cunning, elusive, and playful--the Bible consistently unsettles even as it assures. Walter Brueggemann reveals exactly how Scripture exposes the inadequacy of the assumptions and habits that shape our lives. He finds inside Israel's ancient poetry, prophecy, narrative, and legal covenants new words that create new peoples. In so doing this book provokes a theology of transformation--one that compels new social, economic, and political practices. Brueggemann's reading reveals that we are not fated to live a life of greed, anxiety, and violence, but instead can embrace a shared life of well-being grounded in an investment in the common good. Brueggemann shows the endless ways by which the Bible provokes new life for transformed peoples.
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Walter Brueggemann

Dr. Walter Brueggemann (Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York:; Ph.D., St. Louis University) is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA .
His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a foundational work in the field. The Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book at a dinner in Brueggemann's honor, for the award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World.


His recent publications include Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah, Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah, and The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship.

  • Introduction By Davis Hankins Part 1: Poetic Cadences That Create Hope 1. Conflicted Human Agency 2. Conflicted Divine Agency 3. Misbegotten Hope 4. Poems Vs. Memos 5. Biblical Language Part 2: Narrative Complexities That Challenge 6. Food Fight 7. Departure Without Arrival 8. The Nightmare Of Amnesia 9. The Antidote To Amnesia 10. Double Agency Part 3: Legal Covenants That Coalesce 11. From Narrative To Policy 12. The God Who Gives Rest 13. Covenantal Risks And Rewards Part 4: Imaginative Provocations That Compel 14. Testimony 15. Obedience 16. Slow Wisdom 17. Bail Out 18. Jubilee Retrospect

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